“I have been living under the virginal cloak of the Mother of God. She has been instructing me and guarding me. I am quite at peace, close to Her Immaculate Heart.”

– Saint Faustina Kowalska

Saint Faustina Kowalska is the Polish mystic and Saint – the first canonised Saint of the Third Millenium – who is associated with the Divine Mercy devotion. It was to her, in the 1930s, that the Merciful Jesus appeared with His message of great mercy for souls, a reminder that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. And it was as a result of the revelations granted to her that we have the Image of Divine Mercy.

Saint Faustina was also greatly devoted to the Mother of God, like all the Saints who preceded her. She saw the Blessed Virgin, who guided her and directed her and ensured she remained faithful to the message being given to the world through her. Perhaps this is not so very surprising, since Poland and Lithuania are renowned as nations who particularly love the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is especially loved and venerated there under the title of ‘Our Lady of Mercy’.

In her Diary, Saint Faustina notes –

“I have been living under the virginal cloak of the Mother of God. She has been instructing me and guarding me. I am quite at peace, close to Her Immaculate Heart.”

This, of course, is the perfect place for any of us to be – ‘close to Her Immaculate Heart’. There, we can be certain that we are also close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for no heart was ever so close to Him as that of His own Mother; where we find Mary, there we find Jesus.

As the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Faustina today, 5th October, may we all reflect on these words of the Saint and follow her example – taking our own place ‘close to Her Immaculate Heart’.

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